Patna: “Patna, previously known as Pataliputra, has a history that goes back thousands of years. I will not allow metro train to come to Patna until some new technique is used to save the historical value of the ancient city,” Kumar said.
Interestingly, the Nitish government, less than two months ago on December 22, had given his nod to the Patna Metro Rail Project and had asked Maheshwar Hazari, the Urban Development Minister, to send the Detailed Project Report (DPR) to the Central government for its clearance.
The DPR was submitted by the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) in 2014 with an estimated cost of Rs. 14,000 crore to build the metro transit system.
In other backtracking by the state government, the Chief Minister, nearly six months after barring anyone to contest in Panchayat elections if they did not meet the minimum requirement of having at least one indoor toilet at their home, reversed his decision saying the rule was too tough on poor people who wished to contest in the upcoming Panchayat polls.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet on Tuesday attended by Kumar and other senior ministers.
“Considering there are many qualified people who happen to be very poor, this requirement is being waived for the March-April Panchayat elections in Bihar, said an official.
As reported, in order to stop human defecation in open fields, the state government had passed an amendment to the Bihar Panchayati Raj Act of 2006 last August preventing anyone from contesting the election if the candidate did not have at least one indoor bathroom in their home by January 1, 2016.
With the January 1 deadline already gone with no substantial improvement in the problem of open defecation, the Chief Minister decided to repeal the amendment.